Cleaning Tips + Tricks


This week, Greg is ultra busy at work so I’m focusing my energy on organizing and deep-cleaning every room in the house before the 3-day weekend coming up. I’m tackling one or two areas of the house per day, and today I’m busy at work in the laundry room and half bathroom. So, while I haven’t had time this week for a DIY/decorating project of any sort, I’m getting stuff done. Fo sho. That being the case, I don’t have much time to chat, but I do have a short, sweet and helpful tip to dish out.

Earlier today, it was time to clean the microwave (which we keep on a rolling cart in the laundry room closet since we rarely use it), I planned on using the vinegar/water/bowl/sponge method seen fifty-eleven times on Pinterest. But. We were out of white vinegar. Imagine me saying, “Nooooooo…” and kneeling down to the floor in despair. Okay, not really.

How to Clean a Microwave, the Easy Way! / 7th House on the Left

Rather than running out to the store just for vinegar, I decided to improvise and use dish detergent. I put about 10 pumps of Dawn in a bowl of warm water and stuck it in the microwave for 1 minute. When time was up, I put a sponge in the now hot mixture and started scrubbing away. Easy peasy!

I hate to admit it, because I’m a clean freak, but there was some oatmeal that exploded on the top of the microwave that I didn’t realize was there for a while. So it was pretty cooked on. Gross, I know. But, much to my surprise, using this method, it came right off with a swipe of the sponge and the entire microwave was like brand new in a matter of minutes. Which, without a doubt, makes my clean freak heart happy.

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    Stephanie DeArco
    May 22, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Is there anything else that I could clean with this mixture, that you would think is alright? Also, do you wipe off where you wiped with the solution?

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      May 22, 2013 at 11:14 am

      This would work great on any surface that is safe for dish detergent. The surface was a bit sudsy, so I wiped it up with a wet sponge to remove all the soap. Hope that helps!

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    Hannah K
    May 22, 2013 at 11:39 am

    What is the vinegar method?`

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      May 22, 2013 at 12:42 pm

      Something along the lines of putting a bowl of vinegar and water in the microwave for a few minutes. The steam apparently “cleans” the inside of the microwave. I haven’t tried it though!

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    Matthew Haddon
    May 22, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    I seldom clean our microwave for the fear of breaking it. Well, I mean I do wipe off with a paper towel food stains and all but not the way you mentioned in this post. Thanks for sharing this. I hope you can drop by my site too when you have time and maybe we can share some home improvement notes πŸ™‚

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    May 22, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    I heat up a little bit of lemon juice to clean mine, but now you have me wondering if just plain water will do the trick.

    Microwaves sure are gross…

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    May 22, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    I think I will try this tonight. Gotta make sure everything looks good since my mom is coming into town tomorrow afternoon!

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    May 22, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    Love your soap dispenser! Would you mind sharing where you got it?

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    May 22, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    I just microwave a bowl of plain water 5 minutes and let it sit in there a few minutes extra after it beeps. Anything in there gets steamed and wipes in 2 seconds flat.

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    Justynn [creativelifeantics]
    May 22, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    Hey thanks for the tip. Someone needs to convince my roommate to wipe up the microwave right away cuz i feel like I’m ALWAYS scrubbing the crap out of it!


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    May 23, 2013 at 8:07 am

    I’ve been using the vinegar method for a while now. I love it but the smell isn’t very pleasing. I’ll have to give this a try.

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    May 23, 2013 at 9:58 am

    I usually use plain water and a halved lemon in a microwave safe dish and nuke for 5 min., then wipe down. Smells great and I used the heated lemon to clean up my stove afterwards.

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    Nicole A
    May 23, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Dawn dish soap is ahhhmazing! From clothing stains to microwave crud it’s the clean all. No, I am not a spokesperson but my Mom used this for as long as I can remember growing up and now I do too!

    I’ll openly admit I tend to let the microwave go too long in between cleans so the water gets to cook a little longer πŸ˜‰

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    May 23, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    Great tip! I am going to clean my microwave this afternoon!

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    Jane Abston
    May 26, 2013 at 8:36 am

    Thanks for the tip! Actually, I seldom clean our microwave. It’s also great to use lemon for cleaning.

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    monique henderson
    May 28, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    I just take a measuring cup (a glass 4 cup) fill with 2 cups of water, run the microwave 5 to 7 minutes, let it sit about 5 minutes after the timer ends then remove the measuring cup and just wipe it out. The steam loosens everything. I do take out and wash the glass turn style. I also recommend so you don’t have to clean as often a plastic plate cover available at Target or Bed Bath and Beyond for under $3..

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    Pamela Paul
    October 26, 2015 at 10:07 am

    Thank you for sharing! I need to clean the microwave because I had a little accident with a red sauce. I love your cleaning idea! I am sure it will work great!

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